There is a new face at the Library!
Name: Joseph St. Germain, but most people call me Joe.
Job title: Access Services Librarian
Location in Library: Floor 3 to the right of stairwell 2.
Tell us what you do in 50 words or less: I strive to make sure library resources and services are useful and available to Wheelock College students, faculty, and staff by crafting user-friendly policies and procedures, educating patrons about the library’s varied offerings, and developing a service oriented environment at the front desk.
Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of: Course reserves are one service I hope both faculty and students are aware of. Placing items on reserve ensures that students can access essential course readings, media, and other resources at their convenience.
What is a typical work day like for you? You can usually find me behind the front desk or at my desk on the third floor providing both direct and indirect support to staff and patrons through policy implementation, staff training and mentoring, resource selection, interlibrary loan facilitation, reference consultations, and similar tasks. Essentially, I am always working to make sure every patron’s experience at the library is positive, productive, and worthwhile. My goal is to ensure patrons get the information and help they need to succeed in their academic and personal pursuits and have a pleasant time doing so.
What is your favorite website? Boston.com is my favorite website and the first one I read each day during my morning commute. It does a great job of balancing news, weather, and features and keeps me relatively informed about what’s happening in the city.
What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection? I would have to go with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Although it is a sad book, I like how the story emphasizes the fragility and wonder of life and love as well as how well-developed and realistic the characters are.
When I’m not at work, you can find me… walking around the Horn Pond Park in Woburn, MA. The park is full of trails and a great place to go to think, socialize, and appreciate nature.